- Airline denies that emergency landing involved turbine blaze
- Airbus A330's powerplant was supplied by Rolls-Royce
A Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. flight to Hong Kong from Perth, Australia, was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali on Friday after the Airbus Group SE plane suffered a defect in one of its Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc engines.
Some media outlets said passengers saw flames coming from one of the A330’s two turbines before it diverted to the Indonesian island in the early morning. Cathay denied there was a blaze, saying fire crews met the plane on the tarmac as a “precautionary measure.” All 254 passengers and 13 crew from Flight 170 safely disembarked, the airline said in a statement.
“Safety remains Cathay Pacific’s highest priority, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused to passengers,” the airline said, adding that it is “currently investigating the incident.”
The diversion comes after crashes in 2014 -- none concerning Cathay -- raised concerns about Asian air-safety. Accidents involving Malaysia Airlines Bhd. and AirAsia Bhd.’s Indonesian arm made the year one of the deadliest for travelers in the area and highlighted shortcomings in aviation infrastructure.
“We are aware of the event and working with our customer to provide support and technical assistance,” Rolls-Royce said in a statement. Airbus is in touch with Cathay and the engine manufacturer to determine the cause of the incident, Airbus Asia spokesman Sean Lee said in an e-mail
Cathay said it had arranged alternative flights for about 100 passengers, with the rest staying overnight in a Bali hotel. The airline will provide a special flight for them Saturday morning, the statement said.